Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday (31 May) signed a bill in to law that makes life easier for transgender people in her state.
HB 2673 updates existing Oregon law to ensure that transgender Oregonians have access to a safer, more affordable and streamlined process for obtaining corrected birth certificates that reflect their gender identity.
Transgender people who are not able to obtain documents that accurately reflect their gender identity face increased risk of discrimination and violence, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
‘Proud to sign the landmark transgender equality bill into law today,’ Brown tweeted. ‘Government has no business dictating personal identity.’
HRC applauded Brown for signing the bill.
‘By signing this legislation into law, Governor Kate Brown is helping to make Oregon an even more inviting and inclusive place for transgender people to call home,’ said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.
‘We congratulate Basic Rights Oregon on this important victory and thank Governor Brown for her continued outstanding leadership on LGBTQ equality.’